Anyone can create an index, right? Not exactly. It is true that anyone with the right software can create a concordance for a book. However, this does not mean that anyone can or should create an index for your publication.

Here's why. A professionally created, custom-made index offers your readers more than a concordance, which is only an alphabetized list of words at the end of a book. The custom-made index is an intuitive map for your readers; it helps readers navigate through your book quickly and efficiently. This is because a professional indexer anticipates the needs of your readers in a way that concordance generating software simply cannot do.

Trust a professional indexer. After reading your book, I can create a custom-made index to your specifications with my professional indexing software. This index will give your book even greater appeal in today’s increasingly competitive marketplace. The casual reader and serious researcher alike will return to your book again and again because it contains meaningful information that is easy to locate in its custom-made index.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Why an index? An article that succinctly explains the "hows" and "whys" of creating a usable index for your book

Are you wondering whether your book needs an index, or are you just curious about the indexing profession and how an index is created? If so, then you will find this article by John Henson, entitled, "Gibbs:  No Index, and a Book is Just a Doorstop- Q&A on Indexing Science Books" to be very helpful. Its link is:

This article is a quick and informative read that was posted on index-L, an Indexers' Discussion Group listserv, of which I am a part. Enjoy!